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Simple has 100,000 customers using its online banking platform.

BBVA Acquires Mobile Banking Startup Simple for $117 Million

The mobile banking startup will continue to operate independently, but will have access to the Spanish banking group's billions of dollars in assets

An amazing acquisition for the Spanish bank

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Joshua Reeves, CEO of ZenPayroll.

ZenPayroll Raises $20 Million To Handle Paying Your Employees

ZenPayroll's quick and simple payroll service faces stiff competition from entrenched competitors like ADP, Intuit, and Paychex

ZenPayroll is in direct competition with other, more established payroll solutions

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Luis von Ahn, co-founder of Duolingo, doesn't want to charge anyone for learning a new language.

Duolingo Raises $20 Million For More Languages, Certifications

Duolingo wants everyone to learn a new language, and wants to do it on the cheap

With a successful round of funding, the language learning app Duolingo wants to offer more…

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Startup Lessons from an NFL Coach

The Pete Carroll Rules: How to Apply NFL Leadership to a Startup

Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks shares his leadership skills

Running a business and running an NFL team are very similar. Pete Carroll of the…

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What Investors Want to Know

What Investors Really Want to Know

How to pitch your business to venture capitalists

Your potential investor is asking why your business — as compared to others vying for…

By C. Daniel Baker

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How To Keep Your Startup Customers Smiling

A large number of people are jaded from poor customer service experiences

At a startup and arguably at a large company too – there is nothing more…

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April 2 Free Webinar From Verizon to Feature Dan Rather Offering Leadership Principles for Small-Business Owners

5 Things to Get Straight Before Starting up

One entrepreneur shares her real life experience starting a company

Save yourself countless hours — and the possible headache of making a huge foundational mistake…

By C. Daniel Baker

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4 Reality Checks For Entrepreneurs With “Can’t-Miss” Business Ideas

Try to get out of your own way every once in a while

A venture cannot survive on faith and passion alone

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E-40 Launches New Wine Collection, Earl Stevens Selections

E-40 gives BlackEnterprise.com the exclusive on his newly launched wine collection, Earl Stevens Selections

From music to movies, E-40′s done it all, but now the Bay Area vet is…

By Amber McKynzie

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SEC Changes Expected to Ease Funding Challenges for Small Businesses, Entrepreneurs

There are 8.7 million accredited investor households eligible to invest in the U.S.

The SEC lifted the ban on general solicitation changing an 80-year-old securities law to help…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Startup Culture’s Lack of Diversity Stifles Innovation

By aiming the bar of entry high and at more affluent customers, Startup culture is missing a chance to diversify

If you’re young and poor in America, odds are you use a smartphone.

By C. Daniel Baker

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New Push For Support of the Startup Innovation Credit Act of 2013

S.193 gives small startup companies a tax credit against payroll tax

The Startup Innovation Credit Act of 2013 allows an R&D tax credit against payroll tax…

By C. Daniel Baker

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How to Consider a Lean Launch For Your Business Idea

The tested way to fast track your business

Whether you are currently running a business or thinking about making the leap towards entrepreneurship,…

By James Walker

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5 THings to Avoid When Funding Your Startup

Mistakes to Avoid When Raising Money For Your Startup

If you’ve landed a meeting with a potential investor, you don’t want to blow it.

If you’ve landed a meeting with a potential investor, avoid the following 5 “don’ts” when…

By C. Daniel Baker

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The Bronx is Back! NYC Borough Leads in Startup Growth

The unemployment rate in the Bronx is 12.5%

The Bronx starts more businesses than the other boroughs

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Lauren Maillian Bias founded Gen Y Capital Partners to provide financing for tech startups (Image: Source)

Tech Startup of the Week: Lauren Maillian Bias’ Gen Y Capital Partners Provides Invaluable Opportunities

The Gen Y Capital Partners co-founder shares the do's and don'ts for investing in tech

Lauren Maillian Bias, co-founder of Gen Y Capital Partners, is Black Enterprise’s Tech Startup of…

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New York Times announces a new incubator for startups

New York Times Announces a New Incubator for Startups

New program provides space and opportunities to startups

The NY Times’ new partnering program offers startups a chance to grow without losing equity

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Would you Move your Startup to St. Louis for 50k?

New grant gives cash if you move your business to St. Louis

Twenty people will win grants to fund businesses in St. Louis

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5 Hottest US Cities for Startups

A recent study identified the following cities as the hottest American cities to build a startup

Do you live in any of these?

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5 Hottest International Cities For Start-up Businessess

Have you been to any of these cities?

These international locales have been rated the hottest for start-ups.

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Small Business University–Making the Grade

“I had a great business plan, but I didn’t have a day-to-day plan,” says Lisa…

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The Top 5 Mistakes Small Business Owners Make

Learn some of the simple dos and don'ts of launching your own business

Robert Jordan, author of “How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of…

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Fast-Track Your Business

Boot-camp accelerator programs help entrepreneurs start and grow their enterprises

Business accelerators offer similar assistance and services, but tend to provide an intense, shorter experience—a…

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Dream Big, Act Small

According to the Small Business Administration, roughly 90% of businesses fail in their first year.…

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In the past being called a geek was a way to say that someone was less than cool. Now, in 2012, being a geek is the new chic. From taped glasses and suspenders, to trendy blazers and the latest gadgets, the “Geeks” are now taking the world by storm. Their unique sense of style and their trendsetting ways have everyone dying to be just like them. But in the tech world, being a geek is more than how you look. It’s about the gadgets you carry, the places you go, and the people you know. See how you can go from chic to geek with these 11 tips: --Ashley Rushford

How to Go From Chic to Geek

Eleven tips to staying up to date in the tech world

A day in the life of a geek isn’t always about pocket protectors and taped…

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6 Questions to Tackle Before Launching Your Startup

Many new entrepreneurs focus solely on their business idea during the startup process, but what about those other important business decisions that can dramatically impact your bottom line?

Many new entrepreneurs focus solely on their business idea during the startup process, but what…

By Steven Saley

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5 Hot Industries for Startups

These sectors offer strong projected revenue growth for new businesses

Every budding entrepreneur wants to find the next big growth sector. A recovering economy and…

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DiversiTech Provides Minority-Owned Tech Startups with Worthwhile Opportunities

The organization connects startups with funding and educational opportunities

The purpose of Christine Johnson’s organization, DiversiTech (short for Diversity in Technology), is not only…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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SXSW Interactive is one of the largest interactive conferences in the country and from March 9-13, 2012 there will be 20,000 people converging on Austin, Texas. SXSW is a gathering of techies, entrepreneurs, journalist, startups, social media advocates and marketers. The discussion will include the latest mobile apps, tech startups launching, new technology products/gadgets being released and authors releasing new books. To help you maximize your experience at SXSW Interactive here are six tips to get the most out of your trip. —Hajj Flemings

6 Tips to Maximize Your SXSW Interactive Experience

Before heading out to the annual festival here are a few things you should know

As techies converge on Austin, TX for SXSW Interactive here are a few key points…

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Hadiyah Mujhid, Nnena Ukuku, Monique Woodard, and Chris Bennett started Black Founders to increase the numbers of successful black entrepreneurs in technology

Black Founders Ring in the Year With Hack Day

With entrepreneurship at its core, BF serves as a resource for black technology startups

Sponsored by Black Founders, an organization dedicated to making black startups a common occurrence, Hack…

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Seeking perfection in today’s business world is not a successful business strategy. This does not mean that the need for excellence, great customer service, and preparation and planning has to be left to chance. However, when you don't fixate on perfection it means you can move forward with a business idea without waiting until all elements are exactly right.

Don't get caught up in the Perfection Trap: the illusion that everything has to be just right before you will launch. It often serves as an accelerator that moves you beyond what is needed and keeps you from working smarter. It freezes you into over-thinking everything and talking yourself out of even starting. The other problem with trying to achieve perfection is that it is really a moving target.

Here are three Perfection Traps and how you can free yourself from their grip. ---Sheri Riley

Perfection Traps: How Entrepreneurs Can Avoid Total Meltdown

Three reasons entrepreneurs should avoid seeking full perfection before acting on or launching a new project.

Seeking perfection can hinder action. Here’s how entrepreneurs can avoid the Perfection Trap and move…

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Gen Y Capital Partners Wants to Help You Start a Business, Despite Student Loan Debt

Scott D. Gerber, founder and president of the Young Entrepreneur Council and Gen Y Capital Partners, talks investing in entrepreneurship

BE Next spoke with Gerber to learn about Gen Y Capital Partners and the “patriotic…

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5 Tips for Hiring Interns for Your Startup

How to find the best intern candidates for your new business

How to find the best intern candidates for your new business

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Minority Startups Get Big Push From New Me Accelerator

First minority led tech accelerator launches in Silicon Valley

Founded by Angela Benton, Wayne Sutton and Toby Morning, New Me Accelerator provides minority startups…

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DreamIt! Funding for Startups Led By Minority Entrepreneurs

July 8 application deadline to gain access to financing and other resources offered by new partnership with Comcast Interactive Capital

The Minority Entrepreneur Accelerator Program MEAP is seeking minority-led start-up businesses to receive funding, business…

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Diverse Startups Connect at SXSW Technology Conference

Blacks at SXSW inspire and challenge each other to take it up a notch and launch new businesses

Blacks at SXSW inspire and challenge each other to take it up a notch and…

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Identify a clothing concept and target audience. Determine what garments you will make and study the fabrics you will most likely use. Then conduct market research to see if there is a target audience for your clothes. Talk to owners of retail stores and textile suppliers for information about businesses that produce the same kind of apparel that interests you. These contacts should also be able to tell you the buying patterns within various price points.

10 Ways to Launch Your Own Fashion Line

Here's how to go from fan of fashion to fashion mogul

Here’s how to go from fan of fashion to fashion mogul

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Black-owned Business Boom. Are You Ready?

See what cities are the best for black businesses and why

While entrepreneurship may seem daunting for some, many are giving it a go more so…

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Accelerated Advancement

Construction contractor parlays relationship into financial success

MAXI-CON2 (www.maxi-con2.com; 301-931-3206), a construction contractor in Beltsville, Maryland, is turning into an impressive do-over…

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Biz Expert Q&A: 5 Things To Consider Before Starting Up

Advice for entrepreneurs from top advisers, consultants and strategists

When starting out in business, small business coach Melinda F. Emerson believes there are five…

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Obama Urges Congress to Pass Aid for Small Businesses

During bipartisan meeting, Obama addressed oil spill and financial regulation

President Barack Obama urged lawmakers Thursday to pass legislation to help small business get loans…

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Preparing for Startup Success

The right education, experience can be vital to your longevity

While it’s clear that amassing education and experience is helpful, there’s no right way to…

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Venture Capital Investments Decline In 4th Qtr

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Venture capitalists invested less money in U.S. startups in the fourth…

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Nerjyzing Diversity in the Video Gaming Industry

Company CEO takes HBCU football to next level

Some people sit and watch on the sidelines, while others play the game. Jacqueline S.…

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Banking on (Small) Business

Big companies leverage social networking to build customer base

Connecting small business owners and entrepreneurs, financial institutions are leveraging the social networking platform. …

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